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Sleigh Rider One - cleared for takeoff

Sleigh Rider One 02 Air Servies Aust Air Traffic Controllers will once again help guide Santa through Ballarat and Western Victorian regions when he visits tonight.

Santa and his reindeer have been given clearance to fly into Australian Airspace by Air Services Australia - the organisation that looks after aircraft flying in Australia.

The callsign 'Sleigh Rider One' has been assigned to Santa's sleigh and a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued to keep other aircraft clear so he does not have any issues delivering presents.

He will enter Australian airspace around Norfolk Island before zig zagging up and down the country and travelling west.

Speaking to Radio Ballarat, Santa said he will also be making a pitstop at Ballarat Airport.

"I've been cleared to land at Ballarat Airport so I can make sure that I can get to deliver all of the presents to all the boys and girls that have been good this year," he said from the North Pole.

"I'm so excited, I can't wait!"

Santa said there is one important message ahead of Christmas.

"I think it's very important that we all remember the most important thing about Christmas - is spending time with our loved ones and those that we have around us," he said.

"Keeping each other safe and loving one another."

Image: Santa's travel path [Air Services Australia]